Southwest General Hospital issues visitor restrictions due to COVID-19

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Posted at 4:09 PM, Dec 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-08 16:11:08-05

MIDDLEBURG HEIGHTS, Ohio — Due to a rise in COVID-19 cases in Ohio, Southwest General Hospital announced Tuesday that it has restricted visitation to its facility.

Effective Tuesday, no visitors will be allowed to see patients on the general medical and surgical floor or in the intensive care unit.

Additionally, individuals who have COVID-19 and are hospitalized or are suspected of having COVID-19 will not be allowed to have visitors.

Only one person will be allowed to accompany a patient if a patient requires additional assistance.

The following rules also apply:

Southwest General restrictions

  • No visitors are permitted in procedure areas or exam rooms.
  • All visitors must remain in waiting areas and practice social distancing.
  • All visitors will be screened upon entrance.

Emergency Services

  • No visitors are permitted in procedure areas or exam rooms.
  • All visitors must remain in waiting areas and practice social distancing.
  • All visitors will be screened upon entrance.

Surgical Services

  • The hospital announced that all nonessential surgeries have been postponed until further notice.
  • Emergency and other essential surgeries will continue as well as outpatient surgeries.
  • Support visitor will be asked to remain in the waiting area.
  • Ambulatory surgery centers (the Surgery Center of Southwest General and Big Creek Surgery Center) will remain open with no change in service.

Maternity Services
Only one adult visitor will be allowed “for the duration of the mom’s hospital stay—including overnight,” the hospital said.

Behavioral Health Services
Visitation has been restricted for the “safety and health of our patients,” according to the hospital.

All of the restrictions listed above will be until further notice, the hospital said.

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